Wolf River Apple Tree Overview
The Wolf River apple tree is an American cultivar that originates on the shores of Wolf River in Wisconsin from the Alexander apple variety which was brought to the the mid-west in the 1860s from Quebec, Canada. Wolf River apple tree is well known for being cold hardy and is generally disease resistant. It is very adaptable and can thrive in different soil and climate conditions. So it’s been a popular choice for growing in especially colder temperatures. It’s a great choice if you want an apple variety that keeps well in storage!
It’s offspring include: Redfield
Wolf River apples are usually quiete large in size and start to ripen from mid-September to early October. Often the fruit weighs one pound! Due to its unique ability to keep shape when cooked, it is a wonderful apple variety for culinary explorations. From baking to cooking to eating fresh, Wolf River has a sweet, juicy taste and is quite aromatic. Besides serving as a great apple pie, Wolf River can also provide fluffy apple butter after slow cooking for hours.
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking, baking, and drying. If cooked or baked, keeps shape. Great for making pies or sauces! Can be used for cider.
- Taste: sweet, juicy, tart, aromatic
- Size: large
- Color: red colored fruit, white tinged with yellow flesh
- Hardiness Zones: 3-7
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – very resistant
- Mildew – very resistant
- Fire blight – some susceptibility
- Canker: somewhat resistant
- Cedar apple rust – some resistance
- Harvest period: 5, late season (mid-September to early-October)
- Flowering period: mid season (mid-May)
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross pollinates with: Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Redfree, Sansa, Gale Gala, and Suncrisp to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is vigorous. Bears fruit on spurs. Cold hardy.
- Storage: Can keep up to two months, and can begin to bruise after two months.